Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham is urging local people to back a project to give a warm welcome to the world’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes when they descend on London this year.
The Quilts4London project plans to give each Olympic and Paralympic athlete a hand-made pennant to take home with them. The project has already received – or been promised – 11,000 pennants, but they need another 3,000 to meet the target of 14,700.
The project has captured the imagination of people from all round the country and it has been officially recognized as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The pennants will also be exhibited around the country in the lead up to the games.
Project Leader, Catherine Hill, said:
“Our current prediction is that we need about 3,000 pennants to meet our target. For example, if every school round the country made just one pennant to represent their school, we would easily make that target. We’ve had pennants from a wide range of organisations for example sports clubs, needlework groups and, numerous individuals. The closing date is 15th February and we would welcome any support.”
“We’ve got very talented people across Teesside who create magnificent work and this is their opportunity to play a part in our country’s special year and provide a visiting athlete with a unique gift to take home. I urge anyone who can to help Quilts4London meet their target.”